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Wednesday, 25 February 1987
Page: 566

Senator VALLENTINE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) congratulates the Federal Government on the representation made by Australia's ambassador to the United States to the Reagan Administration on 9 February 1987 criticising US proposals to broaden its interpretation of the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty, the most important arms control measure passed since the Partial Test Ban Treaty in 1963;

(b) notes the remarks of Mr Kenneth Adelman, director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, that US allies have no business telling the US how to interpret a bilateral treaty between the Soviet Union and the US, and that he prefers the views of allies on issues they know more about;

(c) deplores the Reagan Administration's appalling record of sabotaging all moderate proposals for arms control put forward by the Australian government and other Western allies; and

(d) urges the government to realise that our alleged special relationship with the Reagan Administration is worthless in the face of such intrasigence, and to move towards a positive, non-aligned international position whereby we can constructively criticise both the US and the Soviet Union in the company of states such as those associated with the Five Continent Initiative.